Audi and NVIDIA Expand Visual Computing in the Car
New Infotainment System, Smart Display, Digital Cockpit to Join Audi
Lineup, All Powered by NVIDIA Tegra Mobile Processors
LAS VEGAS, NV -- (Marketwired) -- 01/07/14 -- CES -- NVIDIA today
announced that three new in-vehicle systems powered by the NVIDIA(R)
Tegra(R) Visual Computing Module (VCM) will soon begin shipping in
These innovative solutions, disclosed at the German automaker's press
conference at the 2014 International Consumer Electronics Show,
-- a connected infotainment system with twice the performance of its
-- the world's first automotive-grade tablet that is fully integrated
into the car's infotainment system; and
-- a high-resolution digital cockpit with unprecedented, vivid 3D
"Audi is a true leader in the development of advanced vehicle
electronics," said Taner Ozcelik, vice president and general manager
of Automotive at NVIDIA. "Breakthroughs like the first navigation
system based on Google Earth and the first automotive-grade tablet
demonstrate Audi's strategy to fast track consumer electronics
technology into the car."
The Tegra VCMs powering these systems are highly flexible platforms,
incorporating an automotive-grade NVIDIA Tegra mobile processor with
an NVIDIA 4-Plus-1(TM) core CPU, a multi-core GPU and dedicated
audio, video and image processors.
The Tegra VCM uniquely enables carmakers to slide the most current
processors into their electronics systems, allowing for faster
evolution of in-vehicle systems as newer hardware becomes available.
This modularity dramatically narrows the technology gap that has
traditionally existed between consumer electronics and the long
development lifecycles of in-vehicle systems.
Building on Audi's modular infotainment
platform, known as MIB and introduced in 2012, the automaker's
next-generation platform will begin appearing in next year's models.
The award-winning Audi Connect system brings an unprecedented level
of integration into the car, enabling Google Earth and Google Street
View navigation, as well as real-time traffic and parking information
-- all accessible via speech and handwriting recognition. The newest
system, powered by Tegra 3, will more than double the performance of
Audi also launched a new category of mobile
device, known as a Smart Display. This multimedia computer powered by
a Tegra 4 processor is designed for rear-seat use, yet seamlessly
integrates with the car's audio and video systems. It has been
hardened to withstand a wide range of operational conditions, from
-40 degrees Celsius to 80 degrees Celsius, and to withstand the
shocks and vibrations that driving conditions can present.
Featuring a 10.2-inch screen, the dockable tablet runs the latest
version of the Android operating system, with full access to Google
Play and the Android App Store for hundreds of thousands of e-books,
music, games and films that can be enjoyed by passengers in the car.
"Audi and NVIDIA engineers work closely together to develop hardware
and software that truly delight customers," said Mathias Halliger,
chief architect of Infotainment Systems at Audi. "With the flexible
VCM platform, we are able to quickly bring to market a new generation
of Tegra-based infotainment systems, as well as an integrated mobile
computer, matching the rapid cadence of the consumer electronics
Cockpit of the Future
Additionally, Audi unveiled a new, fully
digital instrument cluster, powered by Tegra 3. The virtual cockpit
-- which will first appear in the 2015 Audi TT sports coupe --
delivers clearly presented information to the driver on a 12.3-inch,
The virtual cockpit features refined digital gauges with smooth
needle animation, as well as beautiful 3D maps, delivering an
elegant, informative display. Drivers have the ability to configure
the dashboard controls based on their personal preferences.
"The cockpit of the future is about creating an appealing and useful
experience while minimizing distraction," said Robert Kolar, leader
of Instrument Cluster Systems at Audi. "NVIDIA enables us to easily
achieve this goal."
NVIDIA Automotive Technology Driving Innovation
The power of the
NVIDIA Tegra for automotive applications will be demonstrated in
NVIDIA booth 30207 at the 2014 International Consumer Electronics
Show in Las Vegas, Jan. 7-10, in the South Hall of the Las Vegas
Today, there are more than 4.5 million cars on the road powered by
NVIDIA processors, including the newest models from Audi, Volkswagen,
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NVIDIA Tegra Visual Computing Module and the impact and benefits of
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